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Elizabeth Day

Author, Journalist and Broadcaster

Elizabeth Day is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster.

Elizabeth’s chart topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of all of the things that haven’t gone right and has reached number 1 in the overall iTunes chart, beating My Dad Wrote A Porno, TED Talks, Joe Rogan, Desert Island Discs and Serial. Every week, in a one-on-one interview, a guest discusses what they have learned from failure. Interviewees have included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lily Allen, Alastair Campbell and Dolly Alderton. It has been nominated for two British Podcast Awards including, most recently, it won the Rising Star Award at the British Podcast Awards 2019.

The podcast has been featured on multiple radio shows, including The Sara Cox Show (ITV), the Chris Evans Breakfast Show (Virgin Radio), and BBC America (Most Buzzworthy Podcasts of 2018). In print, it has been featured in Grazia, The Times, Harper’s Bazaar (top 10 podcasts of 2018), the Independent, the Guardian (top 3 podcasts for your mental health), etc.. From this, Elizabeth has also done How To Fail events for major corporations including Facebook, HSBC, Penguin Random House. The 2018/19 How To Fail Live nationwide tour played to 11 sell-out venues across the country, including dates at The National Theatre and the Southbank Centre in London, and iconic venues such as The Lowry in Salford and The Mac in Belfast.

Her latest book, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong, grew out of her podcast and is part-memoir, part-manifesto. It is also a Sunday Times top 5 bestseller.

To date, Elizabeth has written four impressive novels which collectively have gained her a Betty Trask Award, Observer Book of the Year, and a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick.

Alongside books, Elizabeth is a columnist for You magazine on the Mail on Sunday and a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the Observer, Vogue, Grazia, Elle, The Pool and Vanity Fair. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar.

Elizabeth grew up in Northern Ireland and her first job was for The Derry Journal. Since then, she has worked for The Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph and the Observer where she was a staff feature writer for eight years. She won a British Press Award in 2004 for Young Journalist of the Year and was Highly Commended as Feature Writer of the Year in 2013. She is the co-founder of Pin Drop, a live performance short story studio, and a regular contributor to Sky Newsand BBC Radio 4. She is an adept public speaker, and has delivered talks and workshops to numerous organisations including Facebook and the Guardian Masterclass series.

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